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Venus advances, 4th-seeded Halep loses

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Venus Williams went onto Rod Laver Arena right after Shelby Rogers' upset win over fourth-seeded Simona Halep, a result which sent the former French Open finalist out in the first round of the Australian Open again.

Back-to-back first-round exits at the season's first major was not how Williams planned to mark her 73rd Grand Slam tournament.

The 36-year-old Williams made it two wins from two for American women on the center court at Melbourne Park on the first day, twice rallying from a break down in the first set to beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (5), 7-5.

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Rank Player Points
1 A. Murray 12,560
2 N. Djokovic 11,780
3 M. Raonic 5,290
4 S. Wawrinka 5,155
5 K. Nishikori 5,010
6 G. Monfils 3,625
7 M. Cilic 3,605
8 D. Thiem 3,415
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2017 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Kerber 8,875
2 S. Williams 7,080
3 A. Radwanska 5,625
4 S. Halep 5,073
5 K. Pliskova 4,970
6 D. Cibulkova 4,865
7 G. Muguruza 4,420
8 M. Keys 4,137
9 J. Konta 4,055
10 S. Kuznetsova 3,745
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